Dental Implants have changed the way that we look at replacing missing teeth.
The current dental implants and the implants that have been the workhorse of implantology for 25 years are basically a threaded titanium screw with an internal thread design. The screw acts as the root of a missing tooth. We are able to attach other components to the implant by way of the internal screw threads that will support a single crown, serve as abutments for a fixed bridge, or stabilize a partial or full denture.
Research has shown that the placement of dental implants following removal of natural teeth helps to preserve the remaining bone. Many patients who lost their teeth at an early age have experienced such excessive bone loss as to render them as dental cripples. Dental implants may provide a means of restoring a significant amount of comfort and function to these individuals.
Our practice has been working with our surgical specialists for 25+ years to provide implant solutions for the replacement of missing teeth. The procedures may be very straight forward such as the replacement of a single missing posterior tooth or as complex as replacing all of the teeth in an arch with an implant supported denture or bridge
The use of implants is well documented over the past 25 years with success rates well above 90% in healthy individuals. “At Risk” patients are those who are uncontrolled diabetics, heavy tobacco users, alcoholics, or any condition that results in impaired healing.
Collaboration and planning the implant procedures is critical to the success of treatment.